As we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, it was a battle around Chesapeake Bay where Francis Scott Key saw the bombs bursting in air.
Honestly, fireworks on any day is fine with me. Since my town of Somerville is starting on Thursday night, one doesn't have to wait until the nation's birthday for the pyrotechnics.
As usual, the Commonwealth has compiled a PDF list of towns' displays in chronological order.
The Globe has their Independence Day section that also has an option where to find fireworks.
Of course, showering the Boston sky above the Charles River is the big kahuna on 7/4 with the Dropkick Murphys and Jennifer Hudson joining the Boston Pops -- I assume separately.
Update: I initially used the MA list, and the towns had different dates.
Some of the other towns inside Route 128 (or thereabouts) lighting up the same night include:
Beverly, Marblehead, Salem, Wakefield (at least 3 of these 4 can be seen from the Salem-Beverly bridge), Lowell, and BrocktonOn Wednesday 7/3, some locales prematurely launching in Eastern MA include:
Andover, North Andover, Lincoln, Fitchburg, Foxborough, Stoughton, Gloucester, Haverhill, Needham, Nahant, Newton, Waltham, Weymouth, and even Winthrop
Cheapness through Saturday is on the calendar.
Although the free/$7 tickets to "Roller Disco the Musical!" that I mentioned last week are no longer available, Goldstar still has discounted tickets for the shows that start thie Wednesday and Thursday.